A Short Introduction to Acceptance Commitment Therapy. My personal favorite approach to living life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be an incredibly helpful approach to depression, anxiety, stress and coping with life transitions. The emotions we experience during those challenges can be painful to experience, and ACT helps you navigate through those emotions in a mindful way that brings you closer to living the life you desire.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is therapeutic approach based on empirically studied principles of cognitive behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis. The purpose of ACT is to increase "flexibility" of the psychological state through mindfulness exercises in conjunction with behavioral change strategies. The process of ACT helps through a process of acceptance of what is out of our personal control but not in resignation, acknowledgement of our internal experiences without judgement, and a conscious commitment to behave in ways that improves and enriches our lived experiences, thereby ending our battle with our emotional states. I find Acceptance and Commitment Therapy incredibly helpful for high achievers and as a model to address anxiety, stress and burnout and coping with life transitions as well as for maternal mental health.